Violin Concerto in C (Beethoven)

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The Violin Concerto in C major, WoO 5 is a concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven dating from 1790–2.

Only a 259-bar fragment of the first movement in Beethoven's handwriting survives, and is kept in the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. There is extensive debate about whether this fragment represents a part of a finished movement (or indeed entire concerto), the rest of which has subsequently been lost, or whether the movement was never completed.[1] On a number of occasions since its rediscovery in 1870, the work has been "finished" and published by others, including Josef Hellmesberger, Juan Manen, and August Wilhelmji - often with considerable criticism with the way the work has been handled. The first scholarly edition of the work was published by Willy Hess in 1961.[2]

The work is scored for solo violin, flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and strings.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Stowell 1998, p. 4
  2. Stowell 1998, pp. 5–6